Erik ten Hag has only been at Manchester United for a little over six months, but he has already experienced the highs and lows of running the most successful team in England.
Erik Ten Hag took over a team that had just finished United’s worst Premier League season in history, and he was tasked with fixing the disaster that had been left.
Erik Ten Hag Tasked With Fixing Man Utd Disaster
The Dutchman wanted—and needed—to make a strong first impression on a fan base that has grown more impatient with the haphazard approach being used behind the scenes.
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He silenced several skeptics before a competitive ball was ever kicked by hammering Liverpool in his first preseason game. But when they were defeated by Brighton on the first day of the new season, that optimism rapidly faded.
When they were humiliated by Brentford, losing 4-0 on one of United’s saddest days in recent memory, the optimism turned into a full-blown breakdown. After just two Premier League games under his leadership, vultures began to circle, and it was quickly questioned if he would endure the entire season.
Erik Ten Hag, though, received the response he required just in time, winning four straight league games, including a commanding victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford. In advance of his presidency’s crucial next two months, that cautious optimism has suddenly returned.
United will play a total of 13 games in three different tournaments between now and the World Cup break, with one game every three days. Newsgist24 Football examines how Erik Ten Hag will handle a strenuous run of games and the players he will need to rely on to emerge uninjured.
The first game after the international break for United is one of the toughest in the league. The Red Devils play against arguably the best team in football when they go to Manchester City.
Erling Haaland, a player who will undoubtedly wreak havoc against United for the next ten years, will be seen by United supporters for the first time. Realistic fans will be aware of the gap that still exists between the two clubs, but they will still be expected to be competitive in a game that they have had some success in recently.
Despite the transfer market having closed a month ago, talk about Cristiano Ronaldo is still very much alive. Since Marcus Rashford has struggled with his fitness, the 37-year-old Ronaldo may potentially be used more frequently by the boss than he has so far this season.